With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first arriving to JFK Airport happening today, The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show spoke with legendary game show host Bob Eubanks, who was responsible for bringing The Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl.
At this time 50 years ago, Bob Eubanks was already a big time radio personality here in Los Angeles and remembers when the Fab Four first landed in the states.
“We could tell something really, really special was about to happen, and when they did the Sullivan show, as far as I’m concerned, the world of music changed,” said Bob. “At that time it was Elvis and Motown and Beach Boys, it all disappeared and they took over. The four very talented, incredibly talented young men arrived…not long after that they announced they would tour America, and that’s when I got involved.”
So how did it happened that Bob Eubanks booked The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl? After one concert promoter turned down the offer because they didn’t have enough money to book the band, Bob snatched up the opportunity.
“They wanted $25,000, I didn’t have $25,000, so my partner Mickey Brown and I borrowed money on a house we had as an investment and that was the beginning of my concert promotion career,” he said.
Bob brought the Beatles to the Bowl once in 1964, then the next year booked two performances from them at the Bowl and the third year brought them to Dodger Stadium.
Listen to our complete interview with Bob Eubanks in the interview below, including a story about their meeting with Elvis Presley for the first time: